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Byron Bay on the fly

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Stopping over in Byron Bay, New South Wales? There’s plenty to do around Australia’s most easterly point.

Here are six things to do/visit while in the hood.

Cape Byron Lighthouse
The lighthouse that sits on Byron Bay’s magnificent coastline is an iconic attraction, which is worth a visit from any traveller to the region. Construction for this monument began in 1899, and years later the dramatic views from this structure are just as marvellous. From here you can’t help but admire the stunning views over the bay to the Border Ranges.

Whale watching
A popular activity for Byron Bay’s visitors is whale watching. At certain times of the year, Cape Byron is one of the best vantage points for whale watching on Australia’s east coast. From late June to August, these mammals migrate north to give birth in the warm northern waters. In September and October, they return down south, passing through the area with their new babies.

Beaches
Byron Shire boasts more than 30km of beaches and you’ll any type of beach suitable for your needs. There are the bustling, patrolled swimming beaches near town. Or drive a few minutes away and you’ll find isolated coves worthy of a photograph, dog friendly beaches and peaceful rock pools. Keen surfers can head to Lennox Head, which has been declared a National Surfing Reserve.

Stand Up Paddle boarding
Stand Up Paddle has been labelled one of the world’s fastest growing sports. Give it a go at Byron Bay and you’ll probably understand why. It’s a fun and easy family activity, best enjoyed on beautiful waters around Byron Bay. There are a few amazing locations where you can try Stand Up Paddle, including Pelican Island, Tunnel of Trees and the Sting Ray Sanctuary.

Sea turtle snorkel tour
It’s a different world underneath the clear waters off the coast of Byron Bay. Swim with gorgeous turtles in the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. While you’re at it, you’re likely to come across manta rays and many other tropical species. A tour guide will show you the techniques of snorkelling and also educate you about the different species you’ll encounter. Snorkelling tours run three times a day.

Stone and Wood Brewery
Stone and Wood Brewing Company was established in Byron Bay in 2008. Its owners’ proudly state that their philosophy is about making the most of the ingredients available today. As a result, they’ve formed a simply but remarkable beer list, which comprises of Pacific Ale, Green Coast, Jasper Ale along with many limited releases. Stone and Wood Brewery is definitely worth a stopover for a relaxing afternoon.

BRIANNA PIAZZA

Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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